By Hailey Edwards Editions: ebook, paperback Published: April 17th 2012 by Samhain Publishing, Ltd. Genre: Adult Fantasy / Romance Source: review copy
“Hope dangles by a silken thread. “
When the head of the Araneidae clan is found poisoned in her nest, her eldest daughter, Lourdes, becomes their clan s new maven. If her clan is to survive, she has but one choice: she must marry before her nest is seized. All she needs is a warrior fierce enough to protect her city and safeguard her clansmen. Such a male is Rhys the Cold.
Born the youngest son of an impoverished maven, the only things Rhys has to his name are his sword and his mercenary reputation. His clan is starving, but their fondness for the flesh of fellow Araneaeans makes them unwelcome dinner guests. Torn between loyalty to his clan and fascination with his future bride, Rhys s first taste of Lourdes threatens to melt the cold encasing his heart.
Amid the chaos of battle, Lourdes s sister disappears and is feared captured. Lourdes and Rhys pursue their enemies into the southlands, where they discover an odd plague ravaging southern clans as it travels north, to Erania. Determined to survive, Lourdes will discover whether she s worth her silk or if she s spun the thread by which her clan will hang.
Warning: This book contains one mercenary hero with a biting fetish, one determined heroine who gets nibbled, and an answer to the age-old question, What does dragon taste like Matricide and sibling rivalry are available upon request. The house special is revenge, best served cold.
Bomy’s Flutter: good read, more fantasy then romance
Let’s make the obvious clear, my fantasy reading phunk is still going strong. I hoped it might go away, but it didn’t. I still get no interest in high or epic-like fantasy in itself, while paranormal and steampunk for instance have me curious by default. Contemporary isn’t doing too good on its own, either, but I’ll get interested in the story because of the characters or the relationship or something along those lines. For now, this hasn’t changed.
This is all to say, despite the fact that the fantasy world of this novel was well built, original and it felt well developed, I can’t say I got interested in it. Fantasy is like that for me, for some reason. The world building was very well done and original, so if you’re a fan of fantasy I’m pretty sure you’ll love it.
The characters were interesting, Lourdes grew as the story went on and she faced difficult situations and decisions. I felt she dealt with everything beautifully, very brave and resourceful, also headstrong and adorable for it.
I won’t lie though, I was way more curious about Rhys then her. He had some of that bad boy vibe, dangerous, strong, delicious and yet he was a good guy.
They had their chemistry going from the get go, but their romance developed slowly, no instalove and no quick getting together either. We’re dealing with a version of the forced marriage scenario. I loved the story because it was a slow burn, yet at the same time I found myself wishing for something more exciting to happen between them, something edgier, angrier, hotter maybe. I dunno.
Their one on one was a long time coming when it finally happened, and it wasn’t much zoomed in on – this was much more of an emotional romance, not a physical one. I actually felt the fantasy/adventure plot was stronger then the romance one, the focus went more on the story outside the romance as far as I’m concerned.
This too would be a strong point for this read if you love fantasy, but sadly I was looking for exciting romance in it more then anything else. Their love was more of the sweet, vanilla kind, and we all know my preference falls into the darker, edgier part of that specter. Despite that though, this couple kept my attention.
Good writing, first person narrative from Lourdes’s POV with fantasy tone. The story had a good dose of tension, the plot developed nicely and it was well paced. There were dramatic moments, fight scenes that I found I enjoyed a lot, sweet romantic moments – a good mix.
As far as curb appeal goes, the cover looked very promising. The blurb is a good pointer to the tone of the read as well as a good teaser. I’m not sure I would have gone for this read though based on it, especially because it does give off that fantasy vibe that I for one don’t respond to right now.
All in all, this was a good read, I enjoyed it though none of the themes in themselves had me interested by default – this means for me the book does very well despite its themes as opposed to based on them, so I’m pretty sure if you guys like any of the themes you’ll love this to bits, it’s got great potential. Give it a try, I say it’s definitely worth it.